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Danes have an annoying habit of wagging their tails against hard surfaces causing the tip to split open.  This is an extremely difficult area to heal, perhaps the following information may help.

  • First clean the damaged area with either warm salty water (½ teaspoon to ½ pint), or Pure Lavender Oil in warm water (3 drops to ½ pint).  Diluted Surgical Spirit in warm water (1 teaspoon to ½ pint), is particularly good at cleansing and helping to harden the skin surface, against further trauma to the tip.
  • Dab dry gently.
  • Aloe Vera gel applied gently onto the wound aids healing.
  • Protect the sore with a non-stick dressing and use Co-Plus Flexible Cohesive Bandage to hold it in place.  Do not apply any dressing tightly it could stop the circulation!
  • Make sure the very tip of the tail is not covered so that air can get in.
  • Redress the wound if it should get blood stained or dirty, taking care to cleanse thoroughly each time and redress with a fresh dressing.
  • The aim is for the wound to become dry and firm which will hopefully scab and harden with time.  The hair should regrow.

If you have a particular senseless Dane who insists on whacking its tail at every conceivable opportunity redecorating your lovely newly papered walls, try the following to protect the wound.

After applying a dressing on the wound, tape on a hair curler to surround and protect the dressing (preferably not the prickily type), this will protect from any whacks and allow air to pass through to the wound.  Alternatively try the cradle idea; see picture below, by kind permission of Ronnie Jones.



Only wash the wound if it bleeds or gets dirty.

The wound needs time to heal and scab.  Scabs form to stop bleeding, they are nature’s plasters.

Never cover the wound completely, stopping air circulation.

Never leave a dressing on for longer than 24 hours – gangrene can set in very quickly.

If all else fails, Veterinary Laser treatment is also extremely good.